"Myths, Facts and Science" of Breast Cancer in Marin to be explored at Community Forum

Leading experts separate fact from fiction

GREENBRAE, CA — The Marin Cancer Institute, a program of Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA, will host a free community forum on Tuesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m., that aims to separate facts from fiction concerning the issue of breast cancer rates and causes in Marin.

"The Myths, the Facts, and the Science: Breast Cancer Rates and Breast Cancer Care in Marin," features Marin's leading experts discussing the dimensions of the problem, the impact and implications of current mammography guidelines, new treatment developments and help for breast cancer survivors. Speakers include Marin County Dept. of Health and Human Services epidemiologist Rochelle Eremen; Dr. Vida Campbell, medical director of the Breast Health Center of Marin; medical oncologist Dr. Bobbie Head; surgical oncologist Dr. Cheryl Ewing; radiation oncologist Francine Hallberg; and Susan Ezra, RN and Nurse Navigator at Marin Cancer Institute.

"We know there is significant confusion around mammography guidelines and that the recession has seen many women forego preventive screenings as they cut back spending. Coupled with the concern about the rate of breast cancer in Marin, there's a real need for more public discussion and education," said Dr. Campbell. "By separating the facts from the fiction, we hope both to allay concerns and to provide a framework which women can use to make well-informed decisions concerning their breast health."

This free event takes place at the Marin Cancer Institute, 1350 South Eliseo Drive, Greenbrae. Space is limited and pre-registration for the forum is requested; call 888-99-MY-MGH (996-9644).